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FEMA unofficially uses a 'Waffle House Index' to measure how bad hurricane damage gets

There are a bunch of unusual ways you can track what's happening in the economy. And one of the more popular informal measures is the so-called "The Waffle House Index" — an indicator that is actually unofficially used by FEMA. Here's the gist of it: Waffle House restaurants notoriously stay open during natural disasters. So if the diner closes during an event, that suggests it was a really bad natural disaster with devastating effects on the economy.
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